Susan V. Barranco is an attorney licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois who serves as a business advisor and advocate with an emphasis on workers’ compensation litigation. She has over a decade of experience handling hundreds of litigated matters from start to conclusion.
Before starting her own practice, Barranco Legal, Ltd., a boutique law firm based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Susan spent over 11 years with one of the largest insurance defense litigation firms in the Midwest, rising to shareholder. In that time, she opened and served as the managing partner for the firm’s branch office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while maintaining a full case load and delivering results for clients. Susan defended around 500 cases personally while overseeing countless more in her role mentoring several young associate attorneys.
Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, double majoring in English (Honors in the major; Distinction in Senior Thesis) and Communications, from Lake Forest College. She was selected as a member of LFC’s “Senior 25” for the Class of 2004. Susan earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, graduating in the top 10% of her class from Marquette University Law School, where she gave the valedictory address at commencement. She served as Chief Justice to the Moot Court board at Marquette Law, and placed first in the Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition in 2011, sharing the Franz C. Eschweiler Prize for Best Brief and earning the Ramon A. Klitzke Prize for Best Oral Argument.
Susan is admitted to the Illinois Bar and Wisconsin Bar. She focuses 100% of her practice defending employers and carriers in workers' compensation litigation. Susan is a skilled and engaging presenter with several speaking engagements under her belt.
Susan, a Milwaukee native, resides in the Jacobus Park neighborhood of Wauwatosa with her wife Chloe, and their children, Beatrice and August, and cats, Coco and Walter.